Volunteers and county leaders help clean tumbleweeds in Bakersfield neighborhood

Empty field causing big headache for neighbors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Strong winds are causing more problems for a Kern County neighborhood being invaded by tumbleweeds.

Reyes Bravo understands what it is like living near an open field.

“No, I don’t regret moving here,” said Bravo.

But says something needs to be done about all the tumbleweed blowing onto his property.

“It’s pretty frustrating. I don’t want to be doing this because I’ve been doing this since Thursday. I don’t want to be doing this anymore. I got a lot of stuff to do. I work hard and this is the last thing I need here,” he said.

The tumbleweed is coming from an open field and the lot neighbors say is owned by someone in Los Angeles.

“They should put a fence or something there because it’s not our responsibility. This is coming out of their property here and we shouldn’t have to be picking this up on a Sunday,” he said.

Neighbors notified kern county fifth district supervisor Leticia Perez of the problem.  Her office provided a large bin and a few extra hands to help clean up the mess.

“This is just outrageous. I have to come out and see it for myself and sure enough we come here and it’s as though the tumbleweeds have taken over the neighborhood.  People can’t get out and I have to do something to help these folks,” said Leticia Perez, Kern County 5th district supervisor.

But until something can be done, neighbors will have to continue working together to clear a path just to leave their homes.

“I couldn’t get out of my house. I was literally blocked in because my driveway is 75 feet long and I have 60 feet full of tumbleweeds and I couldn’t get out,” said homeowner, Teri Torres.

A neighbor tells 23ABC the tumbleweeds can pile up to six feet tall taking them about an hour just to leave home.  In the meantime, Kern County Code Compliance tells 23ABC that property managers have been notified and they say the problem will be taken care of in a few days.

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